LBNL-2016: Time-Ordered Data Processing

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Time-Ordered Data Processing Birds-of-a-Feather Session: Wednesday, March 9, 9 AM

Attending: Julian Borrill, Tom Crawford, Ted Kisner, Kris Gorski, Graca Rocha, Clem Pryke, Nick Harrington, Jesse Treu, Kyle Story, Nathan Whitehorn, Olivier Perdereau, Reijo Keskitalo


  • Discussion of TOD scanning simulations with full 4-pi beam
    • do we really get the 4-pi beam at high fidelity?
      • at some level, not the data folks' problem.
    • Are we really going to simulate full TODs, including data that we will eventually cut in the real TOD?
      • yes, at least to test automated data cuts.
      • who is going to take on the task of creating this model?
      • we pretty much know how to do it now, unless the fundamental detector and/or readout architecture changes.
    • Do we need to simulate TES & electronics response?
      • Not a high priority. Assume detectors/electronics with funky response will not pass CD.
    • RFI pickup?
      • Impossible to implement in sims without model of pickup.
    • Time-dependent focal plane / optics distortion?
      • Real-world examples to go on from ACT & PB
    • We need scan strategy to be defined to do sims.
      • Is anyone considering using anything but azimuth scans as fast and wide as you can go?

Digression into computing plan

    • Are we really going to use grid computing (rather than parallel processing on large clusters)?
      • Certainly not for anything for which we have to send around real TOD. (I.e., just for sims.)
    • What about data management / delivery from sites?
      • Pole bandwidth barely accommodates SPT-3G and will be unlikely to increase enough to handle S4. Similar issues exist in Atacama.

Return to TOD sims

    • Will there be half-wave plates on S4?
      • Can't rule it out. How do you make a model of non-ideality for a HWP?
    • Are we aiming to have a perfect set of TOD sims by summer or 10 years from now?
      • There will be a profile of what we can simulate. Could in theory have some level of TOD sims by summer.
    • What about atmosphere?
      • Moving slab prototypes exist.

Gotcha scorecard

TIme Deliverer Receiver
9:59 Ted Nathan